The photograph above is of my studio when I was building it, back in 2006, taken with a Noblex 135U panoramic camera. It now is a great place to work in, well equipped and capturing as much daylight as possible. Here I work and create my images, using mainly old analog cameras and lenses. Shooting on film or either directly expose photographic paper, in black & white or color. Develop with chemicals and rinse with water until the negatives are to my satisfaction.
For my 9th birthday my mother gave me a beautiful Kodak Brownie box camera. I remember taking pictures on the beach and stopping the waves for less than a second, it was magical. At the Academy of Arts were I studied Graphic Design and got a bachelor in Illustration I used the camera mainly to capture something that I could use in my design or drawing, or to reproduce these works I created. It must have been 15 years ago that I really started with serious photography. Better digital cameras were becoming available, I bought one using a subsidy I received for my work as an artist. But, with the digital cameras evolving, I turned more and more towards analog photography, buying old cameras and experimenting with analog techniques. Now I use vintage and antique cameras, from a big mahogany French 'full plate' camera to a small Japanese 'half frame' camera. When I get to view the world trough fantastic old lenses from brands like Voigtländer, Berthiot or Goerz there arises a feeling I can touch time.
"Michel van Weegberg's feature, 'Still Lifes', captures a combination of articles that he finds and co-ordinates into a pleasing combination. As one looks at the photos the different parts of each may not be entirely recognizable objects, but as a whole, each picture is beautiful. Michel van Weegberg says: "It is the beauty of objects and their souls that make me want to create a still life". And it is their 'beauty' that keeps us looking at them."
Sandra Djak Kovacs in 'Adore Chroma' issue #6 2015
"Through the years we’ve had many successful and gratifying collaborations with MvW. Michel brings a surprising eye for detail for both concept and execution to the table. His craftsmanship is uncanny."
"The Eindhoven based artist Michel van Weegberg, who creates little still lifes out of things that appear to be coming out of a junk barn, surprises with his combination of nostalgia and state of the art technique."
Anneke van Wolfswinkel in the newspaper 'Eindhovens Dagblad' 20 April 2015
"Michel van Weegberg proves to have a keen eye for strong compositional structure and has developed a unique and compelling aesthetic language entirely of his own. In my professional opinion he is an artist deserving of serious attention."
Annie Fletcher, chief curator 'Van Abbemuseum'